from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Traveling close together with bumpers almost touching: The cars were bumper-to-bumper in the tunnel.
- adj. Moving slowly or stalled as a result of tight spacing between vehicles: bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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- adj. Very crowded and slow-moving, particularly with regard to motor vehicle traffic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. moving slowly with little space between; -- used of road traffic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used of traffic
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It was a nice break to get out of the hectic Dhaka bumper-to-bumper mentality and catch a glimpse of Bangladesh from the inside out, passing fishermen, waving back to children playing on the river banks and even getting the amazing thumbs up from a fully burka'd woman passing over a bridge.
My speeding abruptly turns into bumper-to-bumper crawling.
Anyone who has ever stewed in a stream of bumper-to-bumper cars or languished on a Metro platform after just missing a train has thought, "I could walk faster than this."
While the toll road covers only a section of that commute, it will allow drivers to bypass the slowest part - winding, two-lane roads such as Muncaster Mill Road that become bumper-to-bumper during the morning and evening rush hours.
Therese + Joel Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner I like to attend society balls once in a while for the same reason I try to drive out to the Hamptons every couple of years on sweltering summer weekends in bumper-to-bumper traffic: just so I know what I'm not missing.
The number of drivers curious about the six-lane highway - or eager to escape bumper-to-bumper local roads - remained low enough to give it an empty, forgotten feel for much of the day.
Streets weren't crowded with the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic, and checkpoints forced many residents to walk to work to avoid delays.
The body has a fairly efficient mechanism for getting rid of excess water, so under normal circumstances it's hard to get yourself into trouble by drinking water -- except the kind of trouble that happens when you find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the interstate and the next rest stop is 50 long miles away.
You think you've suffered through some nightmarish bumper-to-bumper gridlock?
Ten years from now, when they're stymied at the airport, or bumper-to-bumper on the freeway, it's conceivable they'll wonder what went awry.